Postcards from a Dorset Collection


The BV first featured Barry Cuff’s collection in The Gardener with 10,000 postcards in April 2022. Each month the local postcard collector shares a selection of rarely-before seen images from his archive. This month Barry has picked local photographer Nesbitt from Blandford.

Salisbury Street, Blandford. Nesbitt’s studio is bottom left, where Symonds & Sampson are today. Posted to West Pennard (nr Glastonbury), August 1910
Iwerne Minster – posted to Keynsham nr. Bristol in June 1906.
The crossroads at Tarrant Keyneston, with the True Lovers Knot in the centre. This was posted to Exeter in August 1910
Milton Abbas – posted to Barry Cuff’s grandfather at Winterborne Whitechurch, December 24th 1909

Tom Nesbitt is listed in the 1889 and 1911 Kelly’s Directories of Dorset. His shop and portrait studio were at 7 Market Place Blandford – where Symonds & Sampson are now, at the bottom of Salisbury Street. As well as publishing postcards of Blandford itself, Nesbitt covered most of the villages within a ten mile radius. Each of the cards shown have been sent through the post.


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